Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery

Flashes of phenomenal creative genius

Beal’s story is unbelievable, but only in relation to the situation he now finds himself in. Millions of people will spend their lives wandering through unemployment, heartbreak and homelessness, but not many conclude that life chapter with a five album record deal at XL Recordings. Beal’s raw blues sway drastically from the delicately poetic to the viciously abrasive, indicative of the experiences that drove him to write them. At times it’s testing, but there are flashes of phenomenal creative genius here that are destined to manifest further, and if anyone can hone raw talent, it’s XL.


Words by Joe Zadeh

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